Tanker wars may be back

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One Boeing, lessons learned from P-8, KC-767 find their way in KC-46A

Part 1. Part 2 will appear July 5. July 3, 2018, © Leeham News: Boeing’s development of the KC-46A aerial refueling tanker for the US Air Force is behind schedule and over budget, but production is underway and… Read More

Boeing plots support for 747-8

March 29, 2017, (c) Leeham Co.: Boeing is going to build and buy its own 747-8Fs, then lease them as a way to keep the 747 line alive, reports Bloomberg News. With the effective shutdown by Congress of the… Read More

Air Force shouldn’t proceed with production rate decision, GAO said

 A chemical mislabeled and fueled into the first KC-46A means a delay of one month of its first flight, the USAF said yesterday. Aug. 18, 2015, (c) Leeham Co. The US Air Force should not proceed with a… Read More

Pontifications: Remaking the Armed Services

April 20, 2015, c. Leeham Co. A news item last week caught my eye about the Defense Department, defense spending and recapitalizing the US Armed Forces. I don’t normally follow defense items at Leeham News and Comment. LNC is… Read More

USAF picks 747-8 for new AF One, first delivery in 2018; end of program likely

The US Air Force has picked the Boeing 747-8 as the replacement for the 747-200-based Air Force One, reports Bloomberg News. The decision comes as absolutely no surprise. The first of two 747-8s will be delivered in 2018,… Read More

KC-46A contract “restructure,” Blue Angels grounded in Sequestration (very local to Seattle)

The US Air Force will have to “restructure” the USAF KC-46A tanker contract with Boeing if Sequestration hits on March 1, according to a new document issued today. The document doesn’t indicate what “restructure” means, but we’d guess… Read More